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Members and Trustees

As in other multi-academy trusts, the legal and strategic responsibilities for LiHT sit with our Members and Trustees.

Our members have long-standing relationships with our schools, and are the custodians of our values. As such, they have the power to appoint and dismiss Trustees as well as the responsibility for ensuring the Articles of Association are fit for purpose according to national guidance and governance best practice. 

We are also proud to work with experienced and widely skilled Trustees, who are strongly committed to raising standards in all our schools and ensuring probity. Directors support the Trust in making strategic decisions and hold our senior leaders to account for our financial and academic performance.

Trust Members


Date of Appointment

Pauline Ann Collier


Heidi Hinchliffe


Richard C Matthew


Franklin Hartle





Term of Office (end)

Gary Wilkie



Diane Rochford

Member appointed Trustee

11th May 2022

Nick Turvey

Member appointed Trustee

11th May 2022

Heidi Hinchliffe

Co-opted Trustee

8th September 2022

John King

Co-opted Trustee

30th October 2022

Phil Haslett

Member appointed Trustee

12th October 2019

Kelly Rotheram

Member appointed Trustee, Acting Chair

16th October 2021

Laura Udenwoke

Co-opted Trustee, Vice-Chair

19th March 2022

Robert Keller

Co-opted Trustee

30th October 2022

Peter Saville

 Co-opted Trustee

10th December 2022

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Peter Saville - Member appointed Trustee

Peter is an experienced professional having spent most of his career working in the private sector. Peter specialises in complex financial restructuring, turnaround, and insolvency assignments, combining his skills in business turnaround and strategic analysis with a natural aptitude for mediation and collaboration to quickly assess a circumstance and implement effective strategies. Peter is a chartered accountant and a licensed insolvency practitioner.

In addition to his role within the LiHT, Peter is also a founder member and former trustee of a charity which focusses on diversity, inclusion and social mobility (the Z Foundation). For the last three years, Peter has also been working with the Downs Syndrome Association (DSA) to improve access to work via their Workfit programme. Peter spoke on this subject at the DSA’s annual conference at the United Nations in New York in 2018.

John King - Co-opted Trustee

John King was a secondary Headteacher and Executive Headteacher for almost 20 years. All three schools achieved Outstanding Ofsteds with one on 4 consecutive occasions. He was a Consultant Headteacher to the London Challenge, City Challenge, the London Leadership Strategy, the NCSL and the SSAT. He represented the secondary sector on the national NLE steering group and was an adviser to the DfE for 5 years. He chaired the East of England 14-19 Strategic Partnership. Since leaving Headship, John became the interim Head of Standards, Achievement and School Improvement in Newham, the NCTL Associate for Beds Borough, Central Beds, Luton, Norfolk and Suffolk, and the interim CEO of the Chiltern Learning Trust. He is currently an adviser to Newham’s Learning and Achievement team, and to Thurrock, Essex and Luton where he is commissioned to write borough/county-wide educational policies. John has served on a number of Government sponsored working parties. He has been a visiting lecturer to Beijing, Delhi, Holland, Melbourne, the UAE and Uganda. He was awarded an OBE for Services to Education in 2005.

Gary Wilkie - Trust CEO and Trust Accounting Officer

Having started his teaching career in Newham in 1989, and after being Head Teacher at Sheringham Primary School from 2000 - 2014, Gary is now the CEO of the Learning in Harmony Trust. Gary was chair of the Newham Head Teachers Association from 2001 to 2014 and has been Newham NAHT Branch Secretary since 2008. He has been a National Leader of Education since 2011 and was a member of the NLE Fellowship in 2015. Gary has spoken at a range of conferences both nationally and internationally on topics ranging from Assessment for Learning to Recruitment and Retention in Multi Academy Trusts.

Diane Rochford - Member appointed Trustee

Diane has extensive experience working in the field of Special Education Needs and Disability as a Headteacher and Senior Leader. She is a qualified and active Ofsted inspector with accredited SEND, and she has led JFK to be an Outstanding provision for learners within and beyond the school.

Her successful experience has been one of  managing positive culture change around the thinking of SEND in order to deliver positive outcomes by developing different specialised provisions for a wide range of learners with SEND, supporting strategic planning within the Trust and the LA, and by developing assessment without levels and curriculum for learners with SEND in a variety of settings.

In 2012, Diane worked with the DfE to develop the Teachers Standards, representing special schools. More recently,  she chaired the Rochford Review which looked at statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests. Recommendations for improved curriculum balance and personalised pedagogy towards a more holistic assessment approach have been accepted by the Government following consultation, and include the use of 7 areas of engagement for assessing cognition and learning for pupils not engaged in subject-specific learning. Diane has also been recently appointed as a member of the Eastern Region Headteacher Board.

Nick Turvey - Member appointed Trustee

Nick has spent all of his teaching career in the east end of London and Essex. He has been the Head Teacher at Upton Cross Primary since 2007 and, since 2017, has been working across both Upton Cross and Hartley Primary schools as Executive Head Teacher.

Nick is passionate about ensuring that all children are given the very best chances to achieve and lead a fulfilling life, and believes this is best realised through building a dedicated and highly skilled staff team who work collaboratively towards shared aims of achievement and excellence. It is an approach that Nick uses in his work as a National Leader of Education working with schools in challenging circumstances in and beyond Newham. As well as an accredited NLE, Nick is a practising Ofsted inspector.

Heidi Hinchliffe - Member appointed Trustee

Heidi has over 25 years in the education sector, working as a primary teacher both in Australia and Newham, followed by nearly 20 years in the field of education recruitment management. Working in partnership with schools and Local Authorities as well as international organisations, Heidi specialises in ensuring recruitment and retention of high calibre staff. Heidi has been an active member of Sheringham Primary School’s Local Governing Body for over 15 years and has completed the NCSL Chair of Governors Development Programme. She has also been a Board Director since 2014 and a Trust Member since 2016. 

Phil Haslet - Member appointed Trustee

Phil has over 15 years working in the education sector designing, developing and delivering solutions for clients in the UK and overseas. As a Director for Tribal Group’s inspection business, Phil was a key member of the senior management team that developed the business into the largest provider of inspection services in the UK, winning regional contracts that valued over £190m. Phil also helped to develop that business overseas, securing and implementing a contract to develop and deliver an inspection framework for Public and Private Schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Later, as Business Development Director for Best Practice Network between 2012-17, Phil worked with Directors across the business to drive business performance and develop and identify new areas for growth.

Phil is currently a Director for Teach First, which focuses on confronting inequality by developing great teachers to work in low-income areas, and as well as a Learning in Harmony Trustee, he is and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Olympus Multi-Academy Trust. Phil’s core skills include project and programme management; financial management with a proven track record of delivering multi-million-pound budgets; client and stakeholder management; utilising technological solutions to drive business improvement and efficiencies; sales, marketing and business development; and bid management and writing.

Kelly Rotheram - Member appointed Trustee, Vice-chair of trustees

Kelly has over 13 year’s senior management experience within the legal industry. She was previously a senior manager at Slater and Gordon and is currently CEO at Sternberg Reed. Kelly’s main speciality is strategic and financial management, although she also has substantial experience in HR, IT, risk and marketing management. She is keen to maximise the use of resources and has a proven track record for improving financial stability and delivering business growth in times of market contraction. She is keen to pass on her skills to others and has recently won a Law Society Excellence award in the field of Learning and Development. At work and in her personal life, Kelly is a passionate advocate for social justice. In addition to her role within the LIHT, Kelly also works with a wide range of charities in the local East London community with the aim of providing holistic support to the most vulnerable in our society. 

Robert Keller - Co-opted Trustee

Robert Keller, BA Hons, MBA, MIEx is currently Hon Treasurer and Trustee at The Institute of Export and International Trade, a Trustee at Blind in Business and is active on the Education and Charity committee of the worshipful company of a World Traders.

Rob’s banking and finance career has spanned over 35 years culminating in senior leadership roles in RBS and ABN Amro where he was the head of a business responsible for license to operate, P and L, strategy and business development. Prior to that he held Senior client facing roles at American Express, JP Morgan Chase and Caterpillar. His areas of expertise include stakeholder management, business risk management, regulatory compliance and license to operate, business management and strategic delivery. Rob has lived and worked in four countries and speaks five languages.



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